Reviewed by Odylle Dis
The Tilted World tells the story of two characters who have to find murderers, saboteurs and love at the banks of the Mississippi where they face a possible flood because of the ongoing rain,
When the two agents Ingersoll and Ham are send on a mission to the town Hobnob, they find a small baby. Unsure what to do with it and unable to let it lie next to its death parents, they take the baby with them. That’s how Ingersoll meets Dixie Clay, a young married woman who has lost her child, who is desperately in need of a baby. Although they have an immediate connection, Ingersoll is not aware that she might know more about the case he is working on. When Ingersoll finds out that there might be someone who has his mind set on ruining the banks on purpose to flood the area, he has no other choice than to team up with Dixie and Ham to make some big decisions before time runs out.
The book is an amazing read. Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly suck you back to the twenties and you’re hooked from the very first sentence. The characters are vivid and realistic, with all their flaws and insecurities put out on display. The book is also layered. Not only with narratives, characters and plotlines, but with other pieces of literature. Every sentence seems to resonate an earlier text. And it not only echoes literature, it also echoes life. The authors have managed to use a form of “iconicity”that makes you keep rereading sentences. “But she hated to see the line hyphenated above the water” and “The corn blown in italics all around her”, gives you an impression of just how vivid the text is.
It’s quite a read, but definitely worth your time.
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